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Meanings & Origins: The Top 100 Popular Italian Baby Boy Names

Updated on 26 August 2021 • 12 minute read
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Overview

Are you searching for baby boy names, mama? You’ll find our top 100 popular Italian names for little boys on this list.

Many of these names have Latin, Roman, or Greek influences. Others are Latinized versions of English, Scandinavian, German, or Slavic names.

You can even create your own Italian-inspired baby names. Notice that some of these Italian names remove the “h” from the beginning and the “s” from the end. Some letters can also be changed so that “Hercules” becomes “Ercole.”

This rule isn’t absolute because the Italian version of “Hermes” is “Ermes.”

Instead of “j,” Italians often use “g” and make other complicated letter changes. So, “Joel” becomes “Gioele,” while “John Baptist” becomes “Giambattista.”

But these different spellings can make Italian baby names an interesting choice for your little one. You may pick from our top 100 choices of Italian names below so your baby can have a unique name.

 

Popular Italian Baby Names for Boys

Many Italians have several names because a lot of families still follow the tradition of naming their children after grandparents from both sides of the family. 

For example, a newborn baby boy gets the name of his paternal grandfather for his first name and his maternal grandfather’s name for his middle name.

Girl names are also created similarly. The little girl is named after her paternal (first name) and maternal (middle name) grandmothers.

A lot of families also choose to name their baby boys after saints. Considering that at least 255 Italian saints have been canonized (officially declared as saints) by the Roman Catholic Church, that’s not surprising.

Do you want to name your little one after a saint or simply want an Italian name for your little one? The following are our top 100 popular Italian baby boy names for you to choose from:

 

Abramo

  • Origin: Italian and Hebrew 
  • Meaning: Father of multitudes or the father of nations
  • Variations/Synonyms: Abram and Abraham 
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of “Abraham.”
  • Abraham is called the father of many nations, not just Israel, according to biblical accounts. He’s famous for being the father of Isaac and Ishmael. But Abraham actually had six more sons with his second wife, Keturah, whom he married after his first wife Sarah’s death. His sons became the patriarchs or forefathers of different nations, making Abraham the “father of nations.”

 

Adamo

  • Origin: Portuguese, Italian, and Hebrew
  • Meaning: Son of the red Earth
  • Variations/Synonyms: Adam, Adamah, Adan, Addam, Addis, Adham, and Adao
  • Description: This name comes from the Hebrew word “adamah,” meaning “earth.”
  • In the biblical creation story, God made a man from the soil in His likeness. Then, He breathed life into this first man and named him “Adam.”
  • It’s the oldest name in history, but “Adam” and its variations remain popular today.

 

Aderamo

  • Origin: Italian, German, and Nigerian
  • Meaning: Wealth, fortune, and fame
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aderayo, Aderauf, and Aderban
  • Description: This given name started as a surname.

 

Adriano

  • Origin: Portuguese and Italian
  • Meaning: Man from Hadria (an ancient Italian city now called Adria)
  • Variations/Synonyms: Adrian
  • Description: It can also mean “boy with dark skin” or “the dark one.”

 

Agapito

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, and Greek
  • Meaning: Beloved or love and affection
  • Variations/Synonyms: Agape, Agapeto, Agapetos, Agapetus, and Agapitus
  • Description: It comes from the Greek word “agape,” which means “beloved.”

 

Agatino

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Good and brave
  • Variations/Synonyms: Agaton and Agathon
  • Description: It can also mean “fortunate” and “noble.”
  • This Italian name comes from the Ancient Greek name “Agáthōn.”

 

Alberto

  • Origin: Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Old German
  • Meaning: Famous, noble, and bright
  • Variations/Synonyms: Albert, Albertito, Adalbert, Albertus, and Albertico
  • Description: This name is the Italian form of “Albert.”

 

Alessandro 

  • Origin: Greek, Italian, and Latin
  • Meaning: Defender of humankind
  • Variations/Synonyms: Alexandros, Sandro, Alejandro, Alexander, and Alex
  • Description: It’s the Italian variation of “Alexander.”
  • St. Alexander is known as the patron saint of Bergamo, Italy.

 

Alessio

  • Origin: Greek, Latin, and Italian
  • Meaning: Defender
  • Variations/Synonyms: Alexios, Alexis, Alexius, and Alexei
  • Description: This name is the Italian form of “Alexis.”
  • St. Alessio Falconieri was among the founders of the Servite Order and lived under a vow of poverty and penance. Notably, he was born to a rich family in Florence, Italy, before becoming a monk.

 

Alfeo

  • Origin: Hebrew, Italian, Old English, and Old German
  • Meaning: Elf or magical counsel
  • Variations/Synonyms: Alfie and Alfio
  • Description: It can also mean “changing.”
  • It’s considered to be an older version of “Alfred.”

 

Alvise

  • Origin: Italian and Old Norse
  • Meaning: Glorious in battle or famous warrior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Alvis
  • Description: It can also mean “all-wise and all-knowing.”

 

Amadeo

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: To love God
  • Variations/Synonyms: Amadeus
  • Description: Some parents are inspired to name their children after classical music composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

 

Amerigo

  • Origin: Italian and German
  • Meaning: Ruler of the home
  • Variations/Synonyms: America and Amalric
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of the German name “Amalric.”
  • Map maker Martin Waldseemüller named America in honor of Italian merchant and navigator Amerigo Vespucci.

 

Andrea

  • Origin: Italian and Greek 
  • Meaning: Courage, bravery, and force
  • Variations/Synonyms: Andrei, Andre, Andrew, and Andreas
  • Description: This name is the Italian form of “Andrew.”
  • St. Andrew or St. Andreas was one of Jesus’ apostles.

 

Angelo

  • Origin: Latin and Italian 
  • Meaning: Messenger from God or an angel
  • Variations/Synonyms: Anjel, Angiolo, Angelus, and Angel
  • Description: St. Angelo of Jerusalem was born to Jewish parents but converted to Catholicism and became a saint.

 

Antonio

  • Origin: Roman, Italian, Etruscan (an ancient civilization in Italy), and Latin
  • Meaning: Priceless
  • Variations/Synonyms: Tony, Anton, Antoni, Antony, and Anthony
  • Description: This Italian given name started as an Ancient Roman surname.

 

Arcangelo

  • Origin: Italian 
  • Meaning: Archangel
  • Variations/Synonyms: Archangel
  • Description: An “archangel” is believed to be an angel of a higher rank.
  • This name comes from the Ancient Greek word “arkhággelos,” meaning “sovereignty or dominion.”

 

Armani

  • Origin: Italian and Persian
  • Meaning: Warrior or soldier
  • Variations/Synonyms: Arman, Herman, Hermann, Armand, and Armando
  • Description: The name comes from the combination of Germanic elements “hardi” (bold or brave) and “man” (man or person).

 

Arturo 

  • Origin: Italian, Latin, Celtic, Portuguese, and Spanish
  • Meaning: Noble or courageous
  • Variations/Synonyms: Arthur and Arthuro
  • Description: This name is the Italian form of “Arthur.”
  • It can also mean “bear man” after the Celtic word “artos” (bear) combined with “úr” (fresh and pure).

 

Aureliano

  • Origin: Italian, Latin, Greek, and Spanish
  • Meaning: Golden and gilded
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aurelius and Aurellano
  • Description: This name comes from the Latin word “aurum,” meaning “gold.”

 

Battista

  • Origin: Roman and Italian
  • Meaning: Baptist or baptize
  • Variations/Synonyms: Baptist, Baptiste, and Baptista
  • Description: The name is popular with Christian families because it’s part of “John the Baptist” in Italian. He’s the Jewish prophet who baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.

 

Benigno

  • Origin: Italian, Roman, and Latin
  • Meaning: Friendly and kind
  • Variations/Synonyms: Benignus
  • Description: It comes from the Roman Imperial name “Benignus.”
  • This name can also mean “noble.”

 

Benito 

  • Origin: Italian 
  • Meaning: Blessed
  • Variations/Synonyms: Benedict and Benito
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of “Benedict.”

 

Bonaventure

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, and Latin
  • Meaning: Good fortune
  • Variations/Synonyms: Bonaventura and Buenaventura
  • Description: It comes from the Latin words “bŏnus” (a good man of honor, virtuous, talented, and honest) and “ventura” (fortune). 

 

Brando

  • Origin: Old Norse, German, Old English, and Italian
  • Meaning: Fiery torch or brilliant raven
  • Variations/Synonyms: Brant and Brandon
  • Description: This name can also mean “beacon” or “sword.” 

 

Carlo

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, and German
  • Meaning: Freeman
  • Variations/Synonyms: Karl,  Carl, Charles, and Carlos
  • Description: It’s the Italian version of “Charles.”

 

Carmine

  • Origin: Aramaic (an ancient region in Syria), Italian, and Latin
  • Meaning: Purplish-red and crimson
  • Variations/Synonyms: Carmelo, Carmen, Karmin, and Carmin
  • Description: It’s a unisex Italian name but is usually considered a boy’s name.

 

Ciro

  • Origin: Italian and Spanish
  • Meaning: Sun or throne
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cyrus and Kyrus
  • Description: It’s the Italian version of “Cyrus.”

 

Clemente

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Merciful and gentle
  • Variations/Synonyms: Clement
  • Description: This name comes from the Latin word “clemens,” meaning “merciful and mild.”

 

Constantino

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Constant and steadfast
  • Variations/Synonyms: Constantine and Constantinus 
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of the Latin name “Constantinus.”

 

Cosimo

  • Origin: Italian and Greek 
  • Meaning: Decency and order (of the universe)
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kosmas, Kosmos, Cosmo, Cosma, and Cosmas
  • Description: St. Cosmas is the patron saint of physicians, along with his twin brother St. Damian.

 

Cristiano

  • Origin: Italian and Latin 
  • Meaning: Follower of Christ or a Christian
  • Variations/Synonyms: Christiano, Christian, Cristo, Kristan, and Crispino
  • Description: It’s from the Latin name “Christianus” (Christ’s follower).

 

Dante

  • Origin: Italian and Latin
  • Meaning: Enduring and long-lasting
  • Variations/Synonyms: Durante and Durant 
  • Description: This given name comes from the Italian surname “Durante.”

 

Davide

  • Origin: Italian and Hebrew
  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Variations/Synonyms: David, Davey, Davie, Davy, and Dave
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of “David.”
  • King David was among the most famous people with this name. He’s the writer of the Psalms (in the Bible), considered as one of the best kings of Israel, and an ancestor of Jesus.

 

Diego

  • Origin: Italian, Greek, Latin, and Spanish
  • Meaning: Teaching or doctrine
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sandiego and Santiago
  • Description: This name comes from the Greek word “didakhḗ” (teaching or instruction).

 

Domenico

  • Origin: Italian and Latin 
  • Meaning: The Lord’s day
  • Variations/Synonyms: Domingo, Dominic, Domenic, Domenick, and Dominik
  • Description: This name is the Italian version of “Dominic.”
  • It’s traditionally chosen for children born on a Sunday (the Lord’s day).

 

Edoardo

  • Origin: Old English, Anglo-Saxon, and Italian
  • Meaning: Rich guardian
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eduardo, Edward, and Ed
  • Description: It’s from the Anglo-Saxon name “Eadweard.”

 

Elia

  • Origin: Italian and Hebrew 
  • Meaning: God has answered
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eliya, Elijah, Ilias, Eli, and Elias
  • Description: It’s the unisex version of “Elijah” and “Eliana.” 

 

Elmo

  • Origin: Italian, Latin, and Greek
  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Variations/Synonyms: Erasmus and Ermo
  • Description: This name can also mean “God’s helmet.”
  • St. Elmo is known as the patron saint of sailors. 

 

Elpidio

  • Origin: Italian, Portuguese, and Old Greek
  • Meaning: Hopeful one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Elpidius and Elpidios
  • Description: It comes from the Ancient Greek name “Elpídios,” meaning “hope.”

 

Elvio

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, and Latin 
  • Meaning: Blond and fair
  • Variations/Synonyms: Helvius, Helvios, and Elvo
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of the Latin name “Helvius,” meaning “yellow.”

 

Emanuele

  • Origin: Italian and Hebrew 
  • Meaning: God is with us
  • Variations/Synonyms: Emmanuel, Immanuel, Manuel, and Manuele
  • Description: It’s the Italian version of “Emmanuel.”
  • This name is also used to describe Jesus.

 

Emiliano 

  • Origin: Italian, Roman Spanish, and Latin
  • Meaning: Rival
  • Variations/Synonyms: Emillo, Emilio, and Emil
  • Description: It’s from the Latin name “Aemilianus.”

 

Enea

  • Origin: Italian and Greek
  • Meaning: Praiseworthy
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aeneas, Anos, and Inia
  • Description: This name comes from the Ancient Greek word “aînos,” meaning “praiseworthy” or “praise.”

 

Enrico

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, Dutch, French, and Portuguese
  • Meaning: Home ruler
  • Variations/Synonyms: Henry, Henri, Hendrik, Henrique, and Enrique 
  • Description: This name is the Italian form of “Henry.”

 

Enzo

  • Origin: Latin and Italian 
  • Meaning: Conqueror
  • Variations/Synonyms: Lorenzo, Vincenzo, Enrico, and Heinrich 
  • Description: It’s a nice standalone name but can also be a nickname to longer ones like Lorenzo and Vincenzo.

 

Ercole

  • Origin: Italian, Latin, and Greek
  • Meaning: Splendid gift
  • Variations/Synonyms: Hercules
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of “Hercules.”

 

Ermes

  • Origin: Italian and Greek
  • Meaning: Boundary marker or a pile of stones
  • Variations/Synonyms: Hermes
  • Description: This name is the Italian form of “Hermes” (Greek).

 

Ettore 

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Loyal
  • Variations/Synonyms: Hector
  • Description: It can also mean “to possess or to hold.”
  • This name is the Italian form of “Hector.”

 

Eustachio

  • Origin: Italian, Latin, and Greek
  • Meaning: Fruitful or orderly
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eustace and Eustacius
  • Description: It comes from the Greek name “Eustakhyos.”

 

Fabio 

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, and Latin
  • Meaning: Beans or bean grower
  • Variations/Synonyms: Favio
  • Description: It comes from the Latin name “Fabius.”

 

Fausto

  • Origin: Roman and Italian
  • Meaning: Lucky and auspicious (promising or favorable)
  • Variations/Synonyms: Faustus 
  • Description: It comes from the Roman name “Faustus.”

 

Federico

  • Origin: German and Italian 
  • Meaning: Peaceful ruler
  • Variations/Synonyms: Federigo, Fredo, Friedrich, Fredric, Fred, and Frederick
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of the German name “Friedrich.”

 

Filippo

  • Origin: Italian and Greek 
  • Meaning: Friend of horses
  • Variations/Synonyms: Phillip, Filip, Phil, Felipe, and Philippos
  • Description: It comes from the Greek name “Philippos.”
  • St. Philip was one of Jesus’ 12 apostles.

 

Fiorenzo

  • Origin: Italian and Latin
  • Meaning: Flourishing
  • Variations/Synonyms: Florent
  • Description: This name comes from the Latin word “florens” (to bloom).

 

Francesco

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, and Latin
  • Meaning: Freeman
  • Variations/Synonyms: Francis, Frans, Frank, and Franco
  • Description: Also the patron saint of animals and the environment, St. Francis of Assisi was an Italian monk who’s now the patron saint of Italy.

 

Frediano

  • Origin: Italian and Latin
  • Meaning: Peaceful ruler
  • Variations/Synonyms: Fredianus, Fridianus, and Frigidianus
  • Description: Fridianus, also known as Frediano, was an Irish prince who became a monk. He would later become the Bishop of Lucca, Italy. The Basilica di San Frediano was named in his honor.
  • The name comes from the Latin word “frigidus,” meaning “cold.”

 

Fulgenzio

  • Origin: Italian, Latin, and Spanish
  • Meaning: Shining and bright
  • Variations/Synonyms: Fulgentius and Fulgentio 
  • Description: It comes from the Latin name “Fulgentius.”

 

Fulvio 

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Fair with reddish hair
  • Variations/Synonyms: Fulvius, Fulviu, and Fulvios
  • Description: This name comes from the Latin word “fulvus,” meaning “yellow and tawny.”

 

Gabriel

  • Origin: Italian and Hebrew 
  • Meaning: God is my strength
  • Variations/Synonyms: Gabriele, Gavril, Gabe, and Gabi
  • Description: This name can also mean “God’s warrior.”
  • St. Gabriel the Archangel was the messenger who appeared to many notable figures in the Bible, including Joseph and Mary.

 

Gaetano

  • Origin: Italy
  • Meaning: A person from Caieta (modern-day Gaeta, Italy)
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cajetan, Caieta, Caietanus, Gaeta, and Gaitano
  • Description: It’s from the Latin name “Caietanus.”

 

Gaspare

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Treasurer
  • Variations/Synonyms: Gaspari, Jasper, and Casper
  • Description: It originated from the Italian surname “Gaspari.”
  • Gaspar, canonized as “St. Caspar,” was one of the three wise men, along with Melchior and Balthazar.

 

Gastone

  • Origin: Italian and Old High German
  • Meaning: Guest and stranger
  • Variations/Synonyms: Gaston
  • Description: It comes from the Old High German word “gast” (guest).
  • The name also translates to “man from Gascony, Italy.”

 

Gennaro

  • Origin: Italian and Roman
  • Meaning: January (month)
  • Variations/Synonyms: January, Januarius, and Janus
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of the Ancient Roman name “Januarius.”

 

Gerardo

  • Origin: Italian, German, and Spanish
  • Meaning: Strong or courageous spear
  • Variations/Synonyms: Gerard
  • Description: This name is the Italian form of “Gerard.”

 

Giacomo

  • Origin: Hebrew, Italian, and Latin
  • Meaning: The supplanter
  • Variations/Synonyms: Jacob, Jacobus, and James
  • Description: It comes from the Latin name “Jacobus.” In the Bible, Jacob was renamed “Israel” after winning a battle against God.
  • Jesus had two apostles who were named James.

 

Giambattista

  • Origin: Italian, English, French, Roman, Latin, and Greek
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: John Baptist, Giovanni Battista, Jean-Baptiste, Gianbattista, Giambo, and Giovambattista
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of “John Baptist” (English) or “Jean-Baptiste” (French).

 

Gilberto

  • Origin: Italian, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish
  • Meaning: Bright pledge
  • Variations/Synonyms: Gilbert, Xilberto, and Xilberte
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of “Gilbert.”
  • This name comes from the combination of Germanic words “gisel” (pledge) and “beraht” (bright).

 

Gildo

  • Origin: Italian, Old German, and Greek
  • Meaning: Sacrifice or great valor
  • Variations/Synonyms: Hermenegildo, Hermenegild, and Gild
  • Description: It comes from the Old German name “Ermenegildo.”

 

Gioachino

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Raised by God 
  • Variations/Synonyms: Giachino
  • Description: It can also mean “God establishes” or “the chosen one.”

 

Gioele

  • Origin: Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and Italian
  • Meaning: Jehovah is my God
  • Variations/Synonyms: Joel
  • Description: This name can also mean “salvation.”

 

Giorgio

  • Origin: Roman, Greek, and Italian
  • Meaning: Farmer or earth worker
  • Variations/Synonyms: George, Giorgino, and Gino
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of “George.”
  • According to legend, St. George was a Roman soldier who defeated a dragon.

 

Giotto

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Immortal
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ambrogiotto
  • Description: It can also mean “pledge of peace.”

 

Giovanni

  • Origin: Italian and Hebrew 
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Gianni, Gian, Giannino, John, Nino, and Vanni
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of “John.”

 

Giulio

  • Origin: Greek, Roman, Italian, and Latin
  • Meaning: Youthful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Julio, Joulus, and Julius
  • Description: It’s from the Greek name “Joulus.”
  • This given name originated as a Roman surname meaning “youth.”

 

Giuseppe

  • Origin: Italian and Hebrew 
  • Meaning: God increases
  • Variations/Synonyms: Joseph, Yosef, Jose, Joe, Joey, and Beppe
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of “Joseph.”

 

Graziano

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Grace, beloved, or pleasing
  • Variations/Synonyms: Gratianus
  • Description: This name comes from the Latin word “gratus” (pleasing or welcome).

 

Leonardo

  • Origin: Greek, Latin, and Italian
  • Meaning: Brave lion
  • Variations/Synonyms: Leo, Leonid, and Leonard
  • Description: Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci are among the most famous people with this name.
  • St. Leonard of Noblac was known for miracles for women in labor, the release of prisoners, and healing cattle diseases.

 

Lorenzo

  • Origin: Spanish, Roman, Latin, and Italian
  • Meaning: Laurel
  • Variations/Synonyms: Laurence, Lawrence, Laurentius, Enzo, Renzo, and Loris
  • Description: St. Lawrence or St. Lorenzo is the patron saint of cooks and comedians.

 

Luca

  • Origin: Latin, Italian, and Greek
  • Meaning: Bringer of light
  • Variations/Synonyms: Luke, Loukas, Lucas, and Luc
  • Description: It comes from the Greek name “Loukas.”
  • St. Luke the Evangelist is the patron saint of students and physicians. He wrote “Luke” and the “Acts of the Apostles” in the Bible.

 

Luigi

  • Origin: Italian and German
  • Meaning: Famous warrior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ludovicus, Lodovico, Ludovico, Ludwig, Luigino, Louis, and Luis
  • Description: It comes from the Latin name “Ludovicus.”

 

Marco

  • Origin: Latin, Roman, Etruscan, and Italian
  • Meaning: War-like
  • Variations/Synonyms: Mark, Marko, Markus, and Marcus
  • Description: It’s associated with the Roman god of war, Mars.
  • St. Mark is known as the patron saint of lawyers, pharmacists, and opticians. He wrote “Mark” in the Bible.

 

Mario

  • Origin: Roman, Italian, Etruscan, and Latin
  • Meaning: Hammer
  • Variations/Synonyms: Marius
  • Description: It’s a given name that comes from the Roman surname “Marius.”

 

Matteo

  • Origin: Italian and Hebrew 
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Variations/Synonyms: Matthew, Mathew, Matt, and Mateo
  • Description: St. Matthew is known as the patron saint of bankers and bookkeepers. Before he became one of Jesus’ disciples, he worked as a tax collector. He wrote the “Gospel of Matthew.”

 

Nicolo

  • Origin: Latin, Greek, and Italian
  • Meaning: People of victory
  • Variations/Synonyms: Niccolo, Nicolao, Nikolaos, Nico, Niko, Nicholas, and Nicolas
  • Description: St. Nicholas is known as the patron saint of sailors, merchants, and children.

 

Orlando

  • Origin: Italian, Old High German, and Spanish
  • Meaning: Heroic or famous throughout the land
  • Variations/Synonyms: Orland
  • Description: It comes from the combination of Germanic elements “hruod” (fame) and “land” (land).

 

Paolo

  • Origin: Roman, Italian, and Latin
  • Meaning: Humble and small
  • Variations/Synonyms: Paul, Pablo, and Paulus
  • Description: St. Paul (former name: Saul of Tarsus) persecuted Christians before converting to Christianity and becoming one of the most famous missionaries. He’s now the patron saint of missionaries, evangelists, public workers, and writers.

 

Pasquale

  • Origin: Hebrew, Italian, and Latin
  • Meaning: Born on Easter
  • Variations/Synonyms: Pasqual, Paschalis, Pasco, Pascale, Pasqualino, and Pascal
  • Description: It’s from the Hebrew word “pésakh” (born on Passover day).

 

Pietro

  • Origin: Greek and Italian 
  • Meaning: Rock or stone
  • Variations/Synonyms: Peter, Piero, Petrus, Piotr, Pierre, and Petros
  • Description: St. Peter is known as the patron saint of Rome and popes. He was the first pope and known for being the keeper of the “keys to heaven.”

 

Riccardo

  • Origin: German and Italian
  • Meaning: Powerful and great leader
  • Variations/Synonyms: Richard, Rich, Rick, and Ricardo
  • Description: It’s from the combination of Proto-Germanic words “rīks” (king) and “harduz” (brave).

 

Rocco

  • Origin: German and Italian
  • Meaning: Rest
  • Variations/Synonyms: Roco
  • Description: It’s from the Germanic element “hrok” (rest).

 

Romeo

  • Origin: Roman, Greek, Italian, and Latin
  • Meaning: A pilgrim to Rome
  • Variations/Synonyms: Roma, Romano, and Roman
  • Description: It’s from the Latin name “Romaeus.”

 

Salvatore

  • Origin: Italian and Latin 
  • Meaning: Savior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Salvador, Salvator, Salvo, and Sal
  • Description: St. Salvatore is known as the patron saint of healing.

 

Samuel

  • Origin: Italian and Hebrew 
  • Meaning: God has heard
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ishmael, Ismaiel, Ismael, Ismail, Sami, Sam, and Sammy
  • Description: St. Samuel was the last biblical judge (leader) of Israel.

 

Santino

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Little saint
  • Variations/Synonyms: Santos
  • Description: It comes from the Latin word “sanctus” (saint or sacred).

 

Sergio

  • Origin: Roman, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian
  • Meaning: Servant
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sergei, Sergi, and Sergius
  • Description: It comes from the Latin name “Sergius.”

 

Simone

  • Origin: Greek, Italian, and Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has heard
  • Variations/Synonyms: Simeon, Ciemon, Symeon, Shimon, and Simon
  • Description: St. Simon was one of Jesus Christ’s 12 apostles.

 

Stefano

  • Origin: Italian and Greek 
  • Meaning: Victorious or crown
  • Variations/Synonyms: Steven, Stephano, Stevan, Stephen, Steffan, Steve, Stefen, Stefan, Stefon, Stephon, Esteban, and Stevon
  • Description: St. Stephen is known as the patron saint of stonemasons and bricklayers.

 

Valentino

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, Roman, and Greek
  • Meaning: Strong
  • Variations/Synonyms: Valentin and Valentine
  • Description: It’s the Italian form of the Latin name “Valentinus.”

 

Vincenzo

  • Origin: Italian and Latin 
  • Meaning: To win or conquer 
  • Variations/Synonyms: Enzo, Vincent, and Vincente
  • Description: It originated as the Roman surname “Vincentius” but later became popular as a given name.
  • St. Vincent is known as the patron saint of charitable societies and the poor.

 

 

 

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